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• Bluberi Gaming has signed a deal with WWE to develop a series of licensed slot games featuring WWE Superstars and Legends. Among those to be featured include John Cena, Triple H, Becky Lynch, Roman Reigns and Ronda Rousey, along with such Legends as Hulk Hogan, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and Shawn Michaels. The first WWE series of slot games is scheduled to hit casinos October 2020.

• HarperCollins Publishers said it has acquired world rights to Back, the first memoir authored by Tiger Woods. According to Woods, “This book is my definitive story. It’s in my words and expresses my thoughts. It describes how I feel and what’s happened in my life.” A publication date was not given.

• Turner Sports’ eLeague has signed a deal with tech solutions and services provider CDW to “create enhanced fan experiences across eLeague’s properties on TV, digital, social and in-arena.” The alliance also names CDW an “official arena partner” for eLeague and the Rocket League Championship Series. Full story here.

• San Manuel Casino, under the auspices of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, has signed a deal to become a Founding Partner for Allegiant Stadium, scheduled to open at the home of the Raiders for the 2020 NFL season when the franchise relocates from Oakland to Las Vegas.

• Halloween this year is Oct. 31, and retailers, marketers and consumers are ready for another season of trick-or-treat. Total spend on Halloween 2019 is expected to reach $8.8 billion according to the National Retail Federation, Washington, DC. Full story here. 

• The Paley Center for Media, NY, will honor the 100th season of the NFL with a new exhibit: "A Century of Football: Celebrating the NFL’s 100th Season," free and open to the public (thru Oct. 27).

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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2020 Nominees

• Pat Benatar
• Dave Matthews Band
• Depeche Mode
• Doobie Brothers
• Whitney Houston
• Judas Priest
• Kraftwerk
• MC5
• Motorhead
• Nine Inch Nails
• Notorious B.I.G.
• Rufus feat. Chaka Khan
• Todd Rundgren
• Soundgarden
• T. Rex
• Thin Lizzy

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Most Popular NBA Player Jerseys (based on eBay sales October 2018-October 2019)
1. LeBron James Los Angeles Lakers
2. Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors
3. Kyrie Irving Brooklyn Nets
4. Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks
5. Kevin Durant Brooklyn Nets
6. Dwyane Wade Miami Heat (retired)
7. Kawhi Leonard Los Angeles Clippers
8. Zion Williamson New Orleans Pelicans
9. Carmelo Anthony (most recently with Houston Rockets)
10. Russell Westbrook Houston Rockets

Most Popular Player Merchandise (based on eBay sales October 2018-October 2019)
1. LeBron James Los Angeles Lakers
2. Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors
3. Kevin Durant Brooklyn Nets
4. Kyrie Irving Brooklyn Nets
5. Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks
6. Paul George Los Angeles Clippers
7. James Harden Houston Rockets
8. Dwyane Wade Miami Heat (retired)
9. Kawhi Leonard Los Angeles Clippers
10. Russell Westbrook Houston Rockets
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Weekend Box Office Oct. 11-13
1. Joker $55M
2. Addams Family $30.3M
3. Gemini Man $20.5M
4. Abominable $6.2M
5. Downton Abbey $4.9M
6. Hustlers $3.9M
7. Judy $3.3M
8. It 2 $3.2M
9. Jexi $3.1M
10. Ad Astra $1.9M
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NFL UK 2019
• Oct. 6 Chicago Bears v Oakland Raiders Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 13 Carolina Panthers v Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 27  Cincinnati Bengals v Los Angeles Rams Wembley Stadium
• Nov. 3 Houston Texans v Jacksonville Jaguars Wembley Stadium

NFL Mexico 2019
• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).

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Feb052015

Is Stephen Curry Ready To Become The NBA's Peyton Manning Of Marketing?

Originally published in MediaPost

By Barry Janoff

February 5, 2015: For several years, it seemed as if Peyton Manning appeared in every commercial on TV, including Nationwide, Papa John's, Gatorade, DirecTV, MasterCard and Buick. That impression was not too far from the truth, enabling the Denver Broncos quarterback to earn upward of $13 million annually from endorsements, the most among NFL players.

LeBron James and Kevin Durant have for the past few seasons held that ubiquitous Madison Avenue mantle in the NBA. James, who leads NBA players with some $40 million in endorsement deals, has appeared in campaigns including Nike, Kia, McDonald's, Sprite, Beats by Dre and Samsung.

Durant, meanwhile, has starred for Sprint, BBVA Compass, Gatorade, Nike and Skullcandy. He recently signed with Sonic and Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt, giving him about $13 million in annual deals.  

He may not be the highest-paid player or earn the most from endorsements, but Stephen Curry, all-star point guard for the Golden State Warriors, has the potential to become more visible in commercials than Manning as well as his NBA counterparts.

Curry, who earns about $7-$8 million in endorsements, has campaigns that include State Farm (in several spots in a dual role with his faux "twin brother" Sebastian), Muscle Milk, Backyard Sports NBA 2015 video game. sports-equipment company Zamst, Fanatics Authentic memorabilia and ESPN's "This is SportsCenter."

During Super Bowl XLXI, Degree Antiperspirant unveiled a campaign with Curry and John Wall of the Washington Wizards, "Degree: Battle of the Game Changers," that leads into the NBA All-Star Game (Feb. 15), with the pair going head-to-head in a shootout event to determine the ultimate game changer.

"It made total sense to us to extend our 'Born to Assist' story with Stephen Curry," said Patty Morris, State Farm marketing director, brand content, regarding a campaign that stars NBA guard Chris Paul. "As the son of retired NBA player Dell Curry and a top assist leader in the league, he's a living example that when assisting is in your blood, you know it. Steph and his twin, State Farm agent 'Sebastian,' have been a really fun addition to the campaign."

In February, Curry's line of Under Armour signature shoes will drop with multi-media marketing to coincide with the NBA All-Star Game in New York. A spot released late last year, "How It Ends," anticipates a larger push to come.

In addition, Foot Locker has teamed with Under Armour for a series of spots, "The Redemption," breaking this week, in which Curry prepares for his participation in the Foot Locker Three Point Contest (on Feb. 14, the night before the All-Star Game). The series shows him competing against former NBA players and three-point masters Robert Hory, Tim Legler and Curry's own dad, Dell.

In March, he will star in a campaign from national clothing retailer Express, with whom he signed a deal in December.

"We are thrilled to be associated with one of the most respected NBA players of all time," David Kornberg, President of Express, said when the company unveiled its alliance with Curry. "Stephen personifies the hard working ethic and the dream big mindset of our customer."

Over the past year or so he has also appeared in marketing for Foot Locker, EA Sports, East Bay, MoGo mouth guards, the NBA on ESPN, NBA on TNT and regionally for the Warriors.

And he still has untapped categories, including automotive, financial, credit cards and electronics.

It certainly helps Curry and his marketing agent, Jeff Austin of Octagon, that the 26-year-old is a legitimate MVP candidate, a member of the U.S. Men's National Team seeking to earn a place in the 2016 Summer Olympics and is about to appear in his second consecutive All-Star Game after receiving more votes from fans (1.51 million) than any other player.

In their game against the Dallas Mavericks Wednesday night (Feb. 4), the Warriors were down at home by 22 points. No sweat. Curry scored a season-high 51 points (his career-high is 54), to lead his team to a 128-114 victory as the cry, "MVP! MVP!" filled Oracle Arena.

Curry has 1.8 million followers on Twitter and more than 1.9 million likes on Facebook. His Warriors jersey is the fifth best-selling jersey this season, according to the NBA (behind James, Durant, Kobe Bryant and Derrick Rose). Among his fans: boxer Manny Pacquiao.

Last season, while setting the NBA record for most three-point shots made in one season (272), Curry helped to lead the Warriors to the playoffs for the first time in six years. This season, Curry's international brand got a boost when the Warriors and the Los Angeles Lakers went to China for exhibition games.

His off-the-court activities also enhance what research firm Marketing Evaluations rates as his rising Q Score value in marketing.  

Curry is involved with hoops camps for kids, including one with State Farm and another with Under Armour. He hosts a golf tournament in San Francisco in alliance with ThanksUSA's scholarship program. The Stephen Curry Foundation supports, among other endeavors, Nothing But Nets, which targets the elimination of malaria, with a focus on Africa. The annual Curry Celebrity Classic Golf Tournament in Charlotte sends proceeds to the Ada Jenkins Center in Davidson, N.C. (where Curry attended Davidson College).

“To be part of this process and to see the Curry One come to life is a dream come true," Curry said in talking about his first line of Under Armour signature shoes and his life. "What makes this experience so meaningful is that the shoe represents the belief I have in myself and the belief of my family, close friends, teammates and coaches that’s driven me to get better and led me to where I am today.”

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